My Personal Best: Life Lessons from an All-American Journey
For John Wooden's millions of fans--a heartfelt and revealing self-portrait about the people and events that shaped his life
Sports Illustrated declared: "There has never been a finer coach in American sports than John Wooden. Nor a finer man." ESPN selected him as the "Greatest Coach of the 20th Century." From his birth on an Indiana tenant farm, t...more
The core message of the book is that a central goal should be trying to do your personal best, regardless of the outcomes ...more
The main character of this book is John Wooden, one of the greatest college basketball coaches to ever live. This book, My Personal Best, written by John Wooden with Steve Jamison, is a memoir of John’s life. As a result, the book goes in chronological order according to John’s life. So, at the beginning of the book, John is just a kid growing up on his Indiana farm, telling us about the people around him. I’m sure his views have changed since he was a boy, but I’m not so sur ...more
Jason and I read this aloud to ea ...more
Coach Wooden discusses his life, from his early days playing basketball on an uneven dirt court with fruit baskets to shoot into, to the passing of his beloved wife. He talks about the great influence of his father and coaches who lovingly taught him to always do his best. He openly shares the mistakes he made, both as a p ...more
So reading a book written by John Wooden seemed like a great idea. I was not disappointed at all.
Anyone who thinks that this is a book only about how to coach a basketball team would be pleasantly surprised. Yes, this is a book by a man considered by many to be the greatest college basketball in history. However, this is also a book about a man c ...more
Reads like a written in two weeks Reader's Digest or Scholastic Edition. Too much always do your best/ practice makes perfect preaching. But any bio of the master is better than nothing.
Good advice for coaches in player handling. Wooden's style was all about speed: fast break, full court press.
Amazing that he kicked around UCLA since 1948 before the first championship in '64. For skeptics who think it was all about talent and giant centers, they won their first championship with a 6'5" center; a ...more
I love his qoute:
Talent is God-given: be humble
Fame is man-given: be thankful
Conceit is self-given: be careful
Few people knew it took him many years to win his first NCAA tournament. His perserverence and meticulus attention to detail makes you wonder what you can do to improve your systems and processes.